Egypt Train Disaster: 11 Officials Charged
Prosecutors in Egypt said they had charged 11 medium - to low - ranking rail officials with negligence and mistakes that led ;ast month to the worst accident in 150 years of Egyptian rail history. They were also charged with ignoring railroad regulations. Ibrahim Demiri, the Transport Minister, resigned after the blaze, reported Reuters.
Prosecutors told a press conference that the train's 16 overcrowded carriages were ferrying 4,000 people south from Cairo to the countryside when the fire broke out from a small stove. Passengers often use portable gas stoves to brew tea and coffee on trains. Prosecutors said flammable material inside the train, including wooden seats, quickly fed the flames, which engulfed seven cars of the train.
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